Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Hey yall! I made stuffed peppers a few nights ago with left over rice and I thought a salsa would be the perfect side. I followed a recipe for tomatillo salsa a few months ago and it was a hit, but I couldn’t find the recipe anywhere. I can’t remember where I found it or what it specifically called for so I decided to just go for it and wing it. How hard could it be right?
Now, I must apologize for the lack of photos since I didn’t really plan on sharing this recipe. It just turned out so well that I really wanted to let you all know about it. Also forgive me if the recipe isn’t formatted correctly. I’ve pulled up a few different food blogs to mimic the style so hopefully I get that part right.
Fresh salsas are so so so much better than pre-made ones. The stuff that comes in jars labeled as salsa is gooey and gelatinous. I can’t eat it, too gross. Fresh salsa is also so much healthier. Think of all the fresh veggies you are eating when make the salsa yourself. Who knows what you’re eating out a jar?
The mystery involved with what goes into the food on the grocery store shelves is a big part of why I’m such a picky eater. I really hate not knowing exactly what I’m eating. If I make things myself, then I can see exactly what goes into it. Many of the ingrediants I used were bought at the farmers market and are locally grown, which just adds an extra level of comfort knowing the veggies didn’t travel super far on some truck before I bought them.

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Makes 3 or 4 servings if you can stop yourself from eating all of it right after you make it

3 tomatillos, diced

1 cup of gold grape tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/4 of a large red onion, diced

1 avocado, cubed

2 jalapenos, finely chopped

1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves (or less if you don’t love garlic as much as me)

1 dash of chili powder

half a lime

salt and pepper to taste

Add the tomatillos, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro to a bowl. Grate the garlic gloves into the mixture. Carefully wipe all the garlic off the grater, you can’t waste any of that fabulous flavor. Add a dash of chili powder to the mix, be care not to add too much so the spice doesn’t over-power the salsa. Squeeze half a lime in and then gentle mix the salsa up. Give it a taste to you can get a feel for how much salt and pepper you want to add. Add the salt and pepper to your liking and enjoy!

If you have a bit more self-control than I do let the salsa sit covered for an hour in the fridge to let all the flavors really come together. I don’t have an ounce of self-control over my love of salsa so I had to eat it immediately. This salsa is so much better than anything you will ever find at the grocery store or be served at a restaurant.

Book Review, Sorta: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Daniel G. Amen

So I am going to attempt talking about this book. I’m not great at summarizing or reviewing books so this is will probably end up being a jumbled mess. I apologize in advance for those of you who are super in to books and reading.
To be completely honest, I was first attracted to this book because it was bright pink. I happened to be looking for books about health and eating well. This one stood out so I bought it, not really knowing much about Daniel Amen or the brain. Daniel Amen is a doctor who helps people create what he calls “brain envy” through his work with brain imaging. Basically what he says in the book is that most things that go wrong in our bodies start in our brains so if we take great care of our brains our bodies, emotions, sex, social life, health, and anything else will all start being great too.
Obviously he breaks down all of these into different chapters so you get a great wealth of knowledge on how changing your brain will change each of the important aspects of life. He goes over what a brain healthy diet consists of, talks about how one should properly exercise, and even breaks down different supplements in detail so you know what each one actually does. I really liked this section personally because the vitamins and supplements isle at the store has always been super confusing to me. There are so many supplements and hardly any explanation as to what they do. There are also break downs of what fruits and vegetables are actually the best for you and which aren’t.
Overall, I really liked the book and think that it’s definitely a great read for all women. I think its an essential read if you are suffering from mental or emotional disorders, exhaustion, or if you just feel like your aren’t operating at your 100% best. It’s a great book and highly recommend it.

Learning to Eat Healthier

This week I wanted to talk about how I’ve been working on changing my eating habits. Working towards cleaner and healthier eating habits has been especially challenging me because I’m a really picky eater and always have been. I’ve never been a huge fan of meat and I have issues with tastes textures. I used to be much worse than I am now. If I felt a strange texture on my tongue I would be nauseous for hours.

Because I was so picky I decided to break healthy eating down  and slowly integrate it into my life. I started by eating more of the healthy foods I already knew I liked. Then I worked on integrating new foods or foods I once disliked into my diet one at a time.
One thing at a time is definitely the best way to make changes because not only to you get time to adjust and work the bad foods out of your life (which I find isn’t hard when you are finding new foods that you love), but you also get time to figure out how different ways to enjoy the new food you integrate.
The first food I really put an effort into learning to love was  yogurt. I hated yogurt for so long but I knew that it would be a much healthier daily breakfast than the fried eggs and tator tots that I was making every morning. I knew that the healthiest way to do yogurt was fat free, plain, and spruced up on your own so that’s wear I started. I spent a couple weeks trying out the yogurt with different amounts of honey, fruit, nuts, and granola mixes until I found a few options I really liked. It look time and a few disgusting concoctions, but I love yogurt now.
More recently I’ve worked bananas into my diet. I also hated bananas for years. To get used to the tastes of bananas I started by adding them to my smoothies. I graduated bananas to being sliced up in my yogurt which is my favorite way to eat them. Now I could totally eat a plain banana if I needed to, which is not something I would have been able to do just three weeks ago.
I know it might sounds silly to some people, but it really has been a challenge learning to love new foods. It’s still an ongoing process for me and I’m really happy with how energized I feel already from eating well. The next foods I’m hoping to tackle are cottage cheese and oatmeal.
My fitness journey is just beginning and its something that will never end so it’s very important to make changes that are permanent and long lasting. As the saying goes “put one foot in front of the other.” The best way for me to transform my diet and my life is to do it slowly, making long lasting, permanent changes that I can life with for the rest of my life.
If anyone reading is on a fitness journey I would love to hear your story and know what keeps you motivated.

Review: Sticky Buddy

I’ve had my Sticky Buddy for a few months now and gave it plenty of good use. If you keep up with my blog than you will know in my Five Below haul I bought a lint roller. The Sticky Buddy worked really well the first few uses, but after you rinse it off a few times, maybe 4-6 times, the rubber looses some of its stickiness. As you can see in the photos below it really only picks up light fuzz and loose hair now. It no longer picks up heavier fuzzies or hairs that are stuck on the fabric. I think that a lint roller has much more strength than the Sticky Buddy has now. 
There are a few other cons to the Sticky Buddy as well. The edged of the rubber began to peel off a bit, which you can definitely see below. Also the yellow rubber started looking really dingy and gross. After just a couple uses the bright yellow has a permanent gray cast over it. It really just looks dirty. I don’t think that rinsing the rubber part off in warm water gets all of the debris off of it. It’s much less sanitary than just peeling of a lint roller sheet to reveal a clean one. 
I cannot recommend purchasing the Sticky Buddy. For the $10 that this costs you can get 10 lint rollers at the dollar store that will give you tons more uses than you will get out of the Sticky Buddy. Don’t waste your money on this product.

Weekly Fitness Update

Hello, hello! This week was a struggle with the squat challenge. I did fall behind, but I caught back up and I’m back on track. I can’t believe I’m at day 16 already. That means I’m half way done!
I’ve also worked on arms this week with my new weights. I have noodles arms right now, so I’m sure my arms are going to be a very slow moving project. That’s ok though. The goal is to be fit for life, not skinny for summer.
I haven’t done anything with my fitness ball yet. It’s a bit intimidating, but I know I can’t avoid it forever. I’m going to try so workout on that ball this week so we shall see how that goes.
I’ve been neglecting abs specific workouts this week. I am definitely going to cycle those back in next week. I’ve also haven’t been doing as much cardio as I would ideally want to be doing, but I’ve been trying to be more active outdoors now that it’s nice out. Me and babe have been going on walks and will definitely be heading to the trails to get some hiking in as well.
As far as diet goes, I’ve really enjoyed making healthy dinners for the whole family. Since I’m not working I have the time to make something healthy for all of us to eat. The rest of my family doesn’t really care about food being healthy as long as it tastes good so it’s been fun proving to them that healthy can also be delicious. I’ve been really into adding a sliced up banana into my yogurt and granola. It adds a nice subtle sweetness so I don’t have to use as much honey.
This week I started drinking infused water. I sliced up one lemon and one orange and added filtered water. I muddled the fruit just a little bit. I find that its so much easier to get in all my water drinking with the infused water because its so refreshing.
So that’s an update on what I’ve been up to. Let me know how your fitness progress is going.